Spectacles: The Glasses of Our Generation

By Joey M.

This September, an accessory was announced for the widely popular social media app, Snapchat, which has over 100 million users. This accessory is called Spectacles, which lets the user get a first person look without using their phone.

To use Spectacles, you need to install the app called Snapchat. Then, create an account on your phone to record and upload videos and photos to friends. With Spectacles, users can take videos in first person without the hesitation of dropping, breaking, or cracking your phone. Instead, users can use augmented reality glasses (aka smart glasses) to upload and record videos and take photos to share with friends.

It started to be talked about and spread in late 2014, when the 18 billion dollar company was on its feet again with a new idea, after renaming their company Snap. Inc from Snapchat. Inc. With this, they have already released a video on YouTube, as the link will be put down in the description. This video has been viewed over 1.7 million times, as the item is becoming wildly popular. This item is anticipated to be released in 2016, primarily this November, but the day is not released yet. This item will cost $130, as it will only be this price because of the limited time it will be released, which Snap. Inc announced, but it isn’t known if their will be a jacked price is they offer special style glasses.

Spectacles will work as if a Speaker works, without the cords. This means it will be a wireless item, and it is worked by bluetooth, so it’s a bluetooth wireless item. And Snap. Inc has already announced how it will work for the users of these advanced glasses. Firstly, there will be a button on those glasses, which the user will press for a ten-second snap, as a snap is like a post on a social media snap. Instead, on the app the user has to hold the button indicated to take a video, as it goes to a ten second limit. And when you are recording, there in the corners of each glass will light up, indicating that you are recording a snap. Then after the Snap is fully complete, you can upload them to your memories and share the snap to your friends. A memory in Snapchat is a saved snap that is loved or a story, and a story is a bundle of snaps from one day. And like all other devices, they have to be charged. But instead of a standard input of electricity, or in other words a cable like a phone or a computer, spectacles use a case to charge the glasses.

They have also said instead of the standard square snap to do, the Snapchat instead will be circled. Now, with all of this, there are many unanswered questions. Some questions are like will there be a cable in the case, or that will you select the lens you want to download or will it will have two lenses that you can share. Tons of questions are bundling up, as it becomes obvious Snap Inc. will not be answering that much questions. And the lenses, on hand will provide a 115 degree angle to capture every moment to the user when it comes out.

This idea was thought up by Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snap Inc., when one particular day he brought his prototype into a meeting, and which is where the Spectacles innovation started. With this, some people maybe or maybe not wanted to buy this. Out of the interviews, we found that out of 19 people, 26.31% said they did want this innovative product, as 73.69% they did not want this product, only because they didn’t want the app or they had insufficient funds. This has made it so that many people don’t want to have this product, but this doesn’t mean it won’t be a very big hit for Snapchatters.

iPhone 7 Launches Across the World

By Tommy C.

The new iPhone 7 came out on September 7, 2016. While the phone has excellent sales in the United States, the iPhone 7 has been banned by some countries because they aren’t pleased with the success of Apple’s new phone. Also, patriotism is a big deal in China, and some companies feel that buying a smartphone from a foreign company — specifically Apple — does not demonstrate patriotism. As a result, they’ve issued warnings to employees: ‘Buy an iPhone 7 and your employment will be terminated.’ However, in other countries, sales are on high, with formerly stocked shelves brimming with boxes and sleek displays completely bare and empty from the rush.

Surveys show that 50% of people would buy an iPhone if they had the money, but the cost of $649-$749 proves the phone to be extremely expensive compared to models from years before. Some new features on the iPhone 7 are water resistant, bigger, better camera, new home button, The better performance, longer lasting battery life, immersive stereo speakers, the bright colors, and lack of headphone jackets make it the best phone, by far. Despite this, people are complaining about their being no headphone jack because if they forget their headphones or earbuds they can’t borrow it from friends since not many people have the iPhone 7 yet.

The iPhone has two sizes and five finishes. They are constructed with incredibly strong 7000 series aluminum and are available in the colors black, jet black, silver, gold, and rose gold. Also, the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world, so they’ve reengineered that beloved camera, adding optical image stabilization, an f/1.8 aperture, and a six element lens to make it even better for taking pictures and filming videos in low light.

The FaceTime HD camera is not only higher resolution but it also uses wide color capture. If you’re worried about lighting, the Retina Flash matches the ambient light for a shot with natural-looking skin tones. The Photos app offers tools let you find, share, and remaster your photos in entirely new ways. You can buy the phone on Apple’s website or in Apple stores near you, if you want to spend $649-$749.



iPhone 7 Brings Exciting New Changes

By Michael Braun

image via apple.com

So you thought that your iPhone 6s was cool? Well the two new iPhones, the 7 and 7 plus, blow the competition away. First off, the iPhone 7 comes in five amazing colors. The classic gold, rose gold, and silver and the new black and jet black. The iPhone 6s only came in 3 colors, silver, gold, and rose gold.

A big difference about the iPhone 7 from the 6 is no more headphone jack. This means that your old headphones won’t work for this. But don’t fear, because apple has you covered. Coming in the box with the iPhone 7 will be new headphones that instead of connecting to a headphone jack, will connect to a lightning port, where you charge your phone. Or, if you want to keep your headphones, the iPhone 7 comes with a syncing dongle that will allow old headphones to connect to the lightning port. Or, if that doesn’t satisfy you, you can get the new air pods. As you may have guessed from the name, these are earbuds connected by bluetooth, and that means no more getting wires all tangled up. They have 5 hours battery life and come with a charging case with an extra 24 hours of battery life. These air pods cost $159.

Have you ever said goodbye to your phone next to a toilet or a pool? Well do not fear, the new waterproof iPhone 7 is here! Yes, that’s right, I did say waterproof. It can go up to thirty minutes submerged and one meter down. As well as being protected from water, the iPhone 7 is sealed and will repel dust.

This next update is probably the biggest part about the new phone. However, this update is only for the iPhone 7 plus. Along with the original 12MP lens, the 7 plus comes with an additional lens which helps to make your pictures all the better. When taking a picture, you can zoom up to 2x in hardware and 10x in software. It also has a more advanced LED flash for better coloring.

What makes a phone the best it can be? The little things. Yes, they are little differences, but they add up. First off, the brightness is much better. This might not seem to amazing, but its max brightness is much brighter, making it much easier to read, see, or watch. Another difference about the 7 is it has much better battery life. Apple claims that it has 2 hours longer battery life. Ways to save battery life can include lowering volume, lowering brightness, and turning on airplane mode. If you put your brightness to a quarter way, it should save you about 15%.

You can buy the iPhone 7 for 32, 128, or 256 GB for $649, $749, or $849. Or if you want to go big and get the 7   plus, you can get 32, 128, or 256 GB for $769, $869, or $969. Not bad. But just wait till the next iPhone! The iPhone 8…

Fantasy Football Positional Rankings, Weeks 7-10

By Michael B., Alex M., and Kyle W.





Latest news about the most popular teams

New York Giants
No injuries at the moment
New York has to find something that will control Odell Beckham Jr.’s anger. The Giants are thinking about bringing Tom Coughlin to help with  Odell’s anger. Odell apologized, and said “I don’t want to set a bad example for kids.” Eli Manning tells Odell Beckham Jr. “ Just play football. Keep making plays and do your thing.” New York plays the Rams Sunday at 9:30am. Both teams are 3-3.This game will be one of the best of week 7. The giants are going to play at Twickenham stadium. All the giants need to do is make sure their defence holds up and that their offensive line doesn’t collapse. The giants defensive has to make sure no one gets through the middle and sack Eli Manning. Or lose yards when trying to run the ball. Most people think the giants are not doing well because of Odell, but think of this the giants haven’t made the playoffs on 6 years. Odell has only been with the giants for 2 years. They changed their coach and nothing else.

San Francisco 49ers

Vance Mcdonald: Hip  injury: Questionable for return: When he is uninjured, an extra ten days will be added to fully heal

Kerley Palmer: Ankle injury: Questionable for September 9th and October 16th  game

Navorro Bowman: torn left achilles tendon:Not known for return

Colin Kaepernick was put in as starter last Sunday. After being under investigation for kneeling for the national anthem, he was finally cleared and said, “I don’t want to kneel forever.” and “I want these things to change.” He was kneeling for black people’s rights. The main reason he was kneeling is because of the Black Lives Matter cause. He will soon be interviewed again.

Seattle Seahawks

Kam Chancellor, line backer, was out with a groin injury.

Russell Wilson: Ankle/knee: Will play, however, this injury could slow him down

Thomas Rawls: fibula injury: He will be out for at least another month.

Jimmy Graham: back/knee:Questionable for return: Unknown return

No exciting news at the moment

Dallas Cowboys

Dan Bailey: Back: Questionable for play this Sunday

Dez Bryant: Knee: Questionable for return

Tony Romo: Back: Out right now, but will be checked if he is allowed to play again

David Irving: Concussion: Will be out for at least 3 more weeks

Dak has to start over Romo. Rumor has it that players on the cowboys don’t want Romo starting again. The big question is will they start Dak or Romo.

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Girl Scouts Take Action

The following article is a special contribution by a 7th Grade Girl Scout troop at Brookside. 

We, Girl Scout Troop  1166, have just completed our media journey. We have learned about the benefits and drawbacks of all types of media and how sometimes it can be misleading. For our take-action project, we decided to review different products comparing what they say they will do and what they really do, and we put them together to share with you.

Keratin ShampooTRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner (by Meghan C.)

This product is supposed to make your hair smoother and reduce frizz. When used in combination, they work very well. Hair becomes smoother, less curly, and easier to style. Many other products claim to do the same, but often they don’t change anything. In contrast, these products do what they are meant to do. I would recommend this product to anyone with curly or frizzy hair, as it also makes hair feel more nourished and healthy.

FRE Lifeproof iPhone case (by Genevieve)Life Proof Case

I tested the Lifeproof case for iPhone 5C by Fre. The case is advertised on the box that it is waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shockproof. The box claims that the phone is fully submersible to 6.6 feet, and totally sealed from “dirt + dust”, completely closed to snow and ice, and finally survives drops up to  6.6 feet.  I got the case from Best Buy last June for about $40.

I thought it worked very well, but I decided to test its waterproof ability. So I took my phone out of the case and filled a pot with cold water. I put dried beans as a weight in the case. We weighed the case with the beans to make that the bean-filled case was the same weight as with the iPhone. Then I sealed the case and put it in the water, and let it sit under water for five minutes. After five minutes, I took the case out of the water and dried it off very well. Then I opened the case and let the beans fall out on some paper towels.  I moved the beans to see if the paper towel was wet, and it was not. Then I put some paper towel inside the two case halves to see if they were wet where the beans had been. The front half was tiny bit damp by the ports and the screen, but the back half was completely dry.

The case is pretty easy to put on and take off your phone, but you need a penny at all times to remove the case. I noticed that after a few weeks of my phone wearing it, I could remove the case with just my hands.

The Lifeproof case works but you shouldn’t just put it in your pool for fun. It protects your phone from different accidents, but not to swim around with. Overall, the case is durable and lives up to the claims on the box, and I recommend this product.

Fin Fun Mermaid Tails (by Maggie M. & Bella S.) Tail

The brightly colored, fun mermaid tails are sold online only and appear realistic and fun to use in the water.  They come in two parts and are sold separately with a choice of tail pattern and optional monofin.  They can be used in pools or lakes and actually work like fins in the water. In order to make it work you need to buy the monofin.  The cost of the two items are $114.85.  The very first time I used it, I had a lot fun in the water, however, when I stood in the pool and jumped around like shown in the video online the monofin broke and then did not work when you swam.  The company had a 30 day return policy, but they refused to refund or replace the monofin because they said that you could not jump in the water with it.  I would recommend the product only if you use it for one time limited use, but not regular use because it will break.  This product is too expensive for the amount of time you actually can use it.

Garnier Color Styler – Intense Wash-out Color (By Danielle C. & Hair Color 3Sarah R.)

This product promises “intense Color” that lasts 2-3 shampoos. The picture shows very bright colored highlights in dark brown hair.  The application of the product is very easy and not too messy. While we liked this product, the color was not even close to being as intense as promised, and it washes out in a day or two. It cost $6 and we think it is worth it for the money. You can use it more than once, and there is a lot of product in the bottle. Overall, we recommend Garnier Color Styler and think it is a good purchase.

Hamilton: Making History

By Abby H.


image by Abby H.


image by Abby H.

The last beat of the last song rang out across the theater, and the lights went down. Before the lights came on again, the entire audience was on its feet, clapping so loud I could hardly hear the band. We all clapped until our hands were numb, and then some more, because this show deserved it. As I swam through the sea of people and out of the theatre, all I heard around me was various exclamations recapping the performance. The lights, the choreography, and the energy of the actors on stage was incredible. The show had created such a positive and exciting vibe, and everyone could feel it. And that show was Hamilton, written and starred in by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Hamilton is a rap musical depicting the life of Alexander Hamilton. Doesn’t sound too exciting? Well, how much do you really know about this founding father? As said in the musical, “Every other founding father story gets told. Every other founding father gets to grow old” (Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story). There is more to Alexander Hamilton and his life than being killed by Aaron Burr, who he actually had quite an interesting relationship with. He had a family, friends, and a strong personality. He was partly responsible for America’s independence, he was George Washington’s right-hand man, and he was the reason that Thomas Jefferson became president. And this musical is the first ever rap musical to hit a Broadway stage. Yes, rap. Hamilton is the first of it’s kind. There is no other time when rap would ever be associated with a founding father, or Broadway for that matter. Hamilton brings a new style of music to Broadway, while also transporting the audience back in time to the 1800s. It is a moving story, which caused many to laugh, cry, and gasp. It is an emotional rollercoaster that combines all of the elements of a great show with the genius words of Lin-Manuel Miranda. This was one of the greatest shows that I have ever seen on Broadway, and although the tickets may be very hard to purchase, I strongly suggest finding a way to see this masterpiece.

What’s Trending: The X-Files

By Erin O.


image via Wikipedia

After 14 years without The X Files, FOX has released a tenth season. The first episode of the season “My Struggle” was released on January 24, 2016. This show stars David Duchovny as FBI agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as FBI agent Dana Scully. In the new X Files season, Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson) are sent to investigate new crime scenes. These crime scenes include the trash man and the lizard man. Many people were excited for the X Files to return to television, however, the new season isn’t turning out to be as good as the old seasons. Many people are still hoping for an 11th season of the X Files. According to an interview with David Duchovny, he said that he would be happy to do another season as long as everyone (the rest of the cast) came back. I’m hoping for another season so I can see what other FBI cases Fox Mulder and Dana Scully solve!

What’s Trending: Facebook Feelings

By Erin O.


Recently Facebook has come out with new reaction buttons. These buttons can show how you feel. The buttons are a like button, a “love” button, a “haha” button, a “yay” button, a “wow” button, a “sad” button, and an “angry” button. These buttons are to help you express your feelings. These buttons are good because people say in the comments sometimes that it doesn’t feel right to like a picture because it is sad. You don’t necessarily want to like a picture that is sad or makes you upset. After that was said on a photo Facebook came out with these buttons. They are very good at helping you express your feelings not by writing a comment. To use these buttons you need to hold down the like button and drag your finger to the feeling you would like to use.   

Review: Start Wars Original Trilogy

By Julia G.

image via amazon.com

image via amazon.com

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…

A story of a princess, a farm boy, and a scoundrel catches the attention of audiences of all ages in it’s 9 episode series. It may sound like your normal fairytale, but Star Wars takes place in a galaxy far far away from ours and a long time ago. Spaceships and hover cars are the only source of transportation. Aliens and humans travel from planet to planet in a matter of minutes using hyperspace. All is peaceful until the mysterious Jedi, protectors of the galaxy are wiped out with only a handful left.

The first third of the series is about the young Anakin Skywalker who grows up a slave. The boy gets a chance of freedom, but he has to make the decision of leaving his mother behind. As the trilogy progresses, Anakin is faced with many emotions as he makes his way to become a Jedi. Hate and despise fills him up and he turns to the dark side of the Force. The Force is an all powerful thing that flows through a Jedi and gives him/her his/her power. The Jedi also get the powerful weapon called a lightsaber which is a laser sword that can slice through anything. Anakin is the supposed “Chosen One” and is supposed to bring balance and peace to the Force, but instead he joins the Dark Side that believes in revenge, hate and all things negative. Anakin makes a surprising transformation which is revealed in the later episodes.

Episodes 4,5, and 6 are about a young farm boy Luke Skywalker. He is also given the chance to become a Jedi from one of the only Jedi left. This is also the same Jedi that taught Anakin. Luke is faced with saving the galaxy from the evil Empire. Darth Vader and Darth Sidious are the head of the Empire with their troops Stormtroopers. Luke has to stop the Empire and its ultimate weapon the Death Star. Twice this moon-like battle station is blown up by Luke and rebuilt. In the end Luke defeats the Empire and Darth Vader and Sidious and brings peace to the galaxy. As the trilogy progresses there are many twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. On Luke’s journey he befriends the most unlikely of friends and encounters places beyond his moisture farm on the desert planet Tatooine.

JJ Abrams has now taken over the making of the last trilogy from the original maker George Lucas. He has produced the seventh movie The Force Awakens where the original characters come back to finish off the beloved adventures of Star Wars. More movies are coming out in the years to come including the adventures that happen between episodes 3 and 4. Also make sure to watch the movies in the following order: 4,5,6,1,2,3,7,8,9 so that it will make the most sense. This was the order of the release of these movies and doing so was the smartest thing because it made everything much more surprising in the series. When I first saw the movies I fell in love instantly and ever since I have been a huge Star Wars fan. I hope the series can capture your imagination like it did for me.

Trep$ Marketplace a Success

By Julia B.

Writer Julia G. features her Trep$ purchases.

Writer Julia G. features her Trep$ purchases.

On March 1, sixth through eighth graders who participated in an afterschool entrepreneur club showcased their products to the school community. With the help of Mrs. Imhoff, the eighth grade math teacher who runs the club, these students have learned how to create and market the products they made. Products included bathbombs, bracelets, Chromebook cases, and headbands.

Sixth grader Brendan Stock made complex “survival bracelets,” which sold for $7 for adult bracelets, $6 for kids, and $5 and under for keychains and charms, which came in many different colors. Survival bracelets appear to be your typical stylish bracelet until you are in an emergency situation. If necessary, you would then cut the end of your bracelet and unravel it and it becomes a long piece of string with many helpful uses to aid you in survival.

Sixth grader Michaela Powell created homemade headbands that don’t slide off your head. She used a material in the interior of the headband that reduces sliding and on the exterior she sewed on a fun colorful pattern for style. Some patterns included soccer balls, tie dye, pawprints, M&M’s, and softballs/baseballs. These clever, fun headbands sold at $4 dollars a unit.

These examples were just two of the many options available for sale. Students seemed to have a blast with the process of coming up with a product a selling it, with the added bonus of keeping the profit! Overall it is a great learning experience for young entrepreneurs who now understand the basics of how to run your own business.